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Adequate Yearly Progress, Questions and Answers, July 2014
Frequently Asked Questions About AYP
Find answers to many of the questions that relate to Washington state’s return to the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and its requirements around Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Sample Letters for Parent/Guardian NotificationSample Letters for Parent/Guardian Notification
These sample letters of notification cover the primary components of compliance with federal law related to adequate yearly progress, public school choice and supplemental educational services. We encourage districts to use these letters as templates and customize them for the families whose children attend schools in a step of improvement. Keep in mind that, once you edit the text, we cannot guarantee that the content will still comply with federal law.
We made a request to the U.S. Department of Education to waive the Title I, Part A requirement that school districts notify parents — by letter — of their right to exercise public school choice in the 2014-15 school year.
The intent of this notification requirement is to give parents and guardians time — 14 days — to decide whether or not to send their students to a different public school.
We have 2 problems with the notification requirement.
- Nearly all our schools are in a step of improvement. So, there are very few districts in which parents would have the ability to choose another school.
- The assessment data, which plays a critical role in the evaluation
of each school, will not be available for district review until the
second week of August. Given the timing, it will be impossible for
districts to meet the 14-day notification obligation this year.
The waiver request applies only to the 2014-15 school year.
Full information in the waiver request posted on OSPI’s Public Notices page.
- Waiver request — Gil Mendoza, assistant superintendent of Special Programs & Federal Accountability, (360) 725-6170
- Washington’s assessment system — Alan Burke, deputy superintendent of
K–12 Education, (360) 725-6343
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, our state must transition back to the law and regulations that govern AYP. Find out how AYP works at the school and district level, and how to make the transition.
Full info on our Workshops & Webinars page.
The state must transition back to AYP during the 2014–15 school year. To determine the AYP status of each school and district, we will use assessment and other indicator data from 2010-11 and 2013-14.
- For schools participating in the 2014 Smarter Balanced field test — we will use 2010-11 and 2012-13 assessment data to determine AYP status.
The U.S. Department of Education has allowed Washington to continue its support of priority/focus schools identified for the 2013-14 school year. We will use a methodology that blends the formula developed under the waiver with federal regulation.
Adequate yearly progress (AYP) sets a standard for accountability, which measures states, schools and districts by the results of state-level tests in 2 main content areas — math and reading. AYP uses this assessment data to measure the academic performance of all students, including subgroups such as children whose families qualify as low-income. The goal — all students reach 100% proficiency.
Watch our Adequate Yearly Progress page. This is where we’ll consolidate AYP basics, guidance and tech support.
What We Cover
- Changes to LAP data collection requirements
- How to convert academic growth
- Access the new student data application
- Work with your enrollment records in the new application and more.
Webinar, FAQs, presentation, bulletin and user guide on our Workshops & Webinars page.